A Wallowa County cattle rancher was reissued a permit to shoot one wolf on a forested grazing allotment near Joseph Creek where four calves have been killed or injured since June.
The latest attack was confirmed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Aug. 20. A range rider found the dead 300-pound calf earlier that morning, and investigators later determined wolves were to blame.
The pasture is within an area of known wolf activity in the Chesnimnus Unit, where ODFW counted three wolves at the end of 2017. Chesnimnus wolves also injured three calves in three days between June 12 and June 14, all belonging to RL Cattle Company of Enterprise.
ODFW granted the original permit for RL Cattle to shoot one Chesnimnus wolf on June 21, but no wolves were killed before the permit expired July 10. The permit has been reissued for 30 days and will expire Sept. 24.
Wildlife officials have documented wolves in the area over the past two months, but do not know whether the animals are remnants of the Chesnimnus pack or new wolves that moved into the territory. None of the wolves in question are wearing GPS tracking collars.